U.S. coal mining deaths: 1900-2019

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    U.S. coal mining deaths: 1900-2019

    Here are the number of coal mining deaths in the United States, from 1900 through 2019.

    The average annual coal mining fatalities in the United States the past decade has fallen by approximately 60% starting in the 1990s. It has dropped nearly 43% from the 2000s.

    China's coal mining deaths

    For a quick comparison, let’s look at China’s coal-mining death toll vs the United States over a span of 10+ years:

    The data on deaths per 200,000 hours of work for Chinese miners is not available. However, the data on deaths per 1 million tons of coal shows that Chinese miners die at a rate approximately 20 times that of the USA death rate. Chinese fatality rates have been declining beginning in 2003. However, their rates remain extremely high when compared to the United States. 

    For example, when comparing 2007:

    • China had a death rate of 1.485 deaths per 1 million tons of coal.
    • United States had a death rate of 0.04 per 1 million tons of coal.

    Let’s look at 2009:

    • China had a death rate of 0.849 deaths per 1 million tons of coal.
    • United States had a death rate of 0.02 per 1 million tons of coal.

    U.S. coal mining death charts: 1900-2019

    YearTotal MinersMiner Deaths
    1900448,5811,489
    1901485,5441,574
    1902518,1971,724
    1903566,2601,926
    1904593,6931,995
    1905626,0452,232
    1906640,7802,138
    1907680,4923,242
    1908690,4382,445
    1909666,5522,642
    1910725,0302,821
    1911728,3482,656
    1912722,6622,419
    1913747,6442,785
    1914763,1852,454
    1915734,0082,269
    1916720,9712,226
    1917757,3172,696
    1918762,4262,580
    1919776,5692,323
    1920784,6212,272
    1921823,2531,995
    1922844,8071,984
    1923862,5362,462
    1924779,6132,402
    1925748,8052,518
    1926759,0332,234
    1927759,1772,231
    1928682,8312,176
    1929654,4942,187
    1930644,0062,063
    1931589,7051,463
    1932527,6231,207
    1933523,1821,064
    1934566,4261,226
    1935565,2021,242
    1936584,5821,342
    1937589,8561,413
    1938541,5281,105
    1939539,3751,078
    1940533,2671,388
    1941546,6921,266
    1942530,8611,471
    1943486,5161,451
    1944453,9371,298
    1945437,9211,068
    1946463,079968
    1947490,3561,158
    1948507,333999
    1949485,306585
    1950483,239643
    1951441,905785
    1952401,329548
    1953351,126461
    1954283,705396
    1955260,089420
    1956260,285448
    1957254,725478
    1958224,890358
    1959203,597293
    1960189,679325
    1961167,568294
    1962161,286289
    1963157,126284
    1964150,761242
    1965148,734259
    1966145,244233
    1967139,312222
    1968134,467311
    1969133,302203
    1970144,480260
    1971142,108181
    1972162,207156
    1973151,892132
    1974182,274133
    1975224,412155
    1976221,255141
    1977237,506139
    1978255,588106
    1979260,429144
    1980253,007133
    1981249,738153
    1982241,454122
    1983200,19970
    1984208,160125
    1985197,04968
    1986185,16789
    1987172,78063
    1988166,27853
    1989164,92968
    1990168,62566
    1991158,67761
    1992153,12855
    1993141,18347
    1994143,64545
    1995132,11147
    1996126,45139
    1997126,42930
    1998122,08329
    1999114,48935
    2000108,09838
    2001114,45842
    2002110,96628
    2003104,82430
    2004108,73428
    2005116,43623
    2006122,97547
    2007122,93634
    2008133,82830
    2009134,08918
    2010135,50048
    2011143,43720
    2012137,65020
    2013123,25920
    2014116,01016
    2015102,80412
    201681,4858
    201782,84315
    201882,69912
    201981,36112

    China mining death charts: 1900-2019

    YearChinese Miner Deaths
    20005,300
    20015,670
    20025791
    20037200
    20046027
    20055986
    20064746
    20073786
    20083215
    20092631
    20102433
    20111760

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